In a current climate where so much seems to be thrown aside, replaced or updated, projects like the Emerson home make a valuable argument for the importance of thoughtful, timeless design. Inspired by the idea of a home where the floors, fixture and house itself would continue to patina and age without losing the beauty and heritage of the design, designers Chelsea and Brandt Kaemingk of MAKE-KING have created the type of home you can’t help but fall in love with - just as they did.

DESIGN MAKE-KING | PHOTOGRAPHY Chelsea Kaemingk

Emerson Home Make-King

While Chelsea and Brandt saw enormous potential in the project from the beginning, significant exterior and interior work were required to bring it to its new incarnation, including changing the home’s layout. The exterior had strong street presence but ‘needed major work’, so a refresh and update was undertaken with the existing historic trims, paint and siding revived and a balcony (eliminated in a previous design but an original feature of the house) installed. The reclaimed wood pergola, jet-black windows and a black outbuilding introduce a crisp modern aesthetic that plays out nicely against the heritage backdrop.

Inside the building, the floor plan was first adjusted significantly to maximise the home’s square footage. Starting fresh with a new plan, the kitchen was moved, bathrooms added and most spaces in the home reconfigured for better flow and no space left unused. 

Building on the blank slate of the new interior structure, the only driving inspiration for the interior design was for a neutral, light-filled style. In keeping with the ageless aesthetic of the home, Chelsea and Brandt were inspired by the historic farmhouses of Belgium and England, choosing materials like wide plan wood flooring, muted earthy hues, brass and iron accents to add a relaxed provincial touch. Like the exterior finishes, these materials will patina over time, shaping the personality and history of the home alongside its inhabitants - who we’re sure we’ll find it just as beautiful in 20 years as we do today.

Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King

Designed to feel like a breath of fresh air when walking through it, the home uses natural light and creamy white hues to create a crisp yet cosy ambiance. Leather, linen and iron materials add a  provincial feel.

Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King

Eschewing an edgy aesthetic in order to create more graceful, timeless style, Chelsea and Brandt drew on their own personal style to inform the design.

Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King

While many of the materials used in the design reference the home's European farmhouse influences, the brass lighting and touches inject some balancing touches of modern elegance.

Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King
Emerson Home Make-King

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